Together we can make a Difference
Happy New Year to you, and fabulous 2017 from all of us at Amara Conservation.
As I sat here this morning opening the mail, I came across this unsolicited donation. What a nice surprise that from seeing us in action 2 years ago this family member was moved enough to send us this donation from afar! I can’t tell you how much we all appreciate their help for our education work with communities in Tsavo.
It was sent to us the end of December 2016 and reads:
“Dear Amara Conservation,
Enclosed is a donation from my family Foundation. While studying and working in Kenya and Tanzania in 2014 I saw firsthand the incredible conservation education you do in Tsavo. It is our hope that this donation may be helpful to you in all your incredible endeavours.”
One of our objectives here at Amara is to strive to prevent a world without elephants. We do this by disseminating knowledge to people and schools living close to the wild. We saw the significant need for people to know and value the wild as their own, and hence the need for education on wild and environment. We believe in the power of information.
We would like to thank the Alden Family for their support – it is the help of people from all over that keeps us going. Your support will help us reach many more people in the vast Tsavo Conservation Area who urgently need information on the importance of the wild.
Thank you! You have made a real difference in the lives of the people we serve.
The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.
tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.